When we are staying at my parents’ house in the French Champagne Ardenne we always try to visit the champagne city Reims as well. Preferably on a lively market day (Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday). Reims is not Paris, places for good food ánd the right vibes are not easy to find, but over the years I’ve found my way around this cute historic French town.
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The enormous covered market Les Halles du Boulingrin is a site in itself. Here I bought the little quail eggs, as well as the stinky, local cheese Les Maroilles and the Narcissus flowers. Decadent pots with chocolate hazelnut spread make for a perfect present and can be found close to the market at the luxurious shop of the French patissier Pascal Caffet. Right across the street from the market, at the somewhat kitsch Brasserie le Boulingrin, we like to slurp away some oysters at the bar. Not without a glass of champagne of course! For lunch we walk to l’Epicerie au Bon Manger, a deli with Formica tables where you can have a simple but delicious plat du jour or an excellent assiette de fromage or charcuterie. Almost everything they serve is farm-to-table or organic. This time I left with a bag of local lentils and a beautiful bottle of small-batch organic-dynamic champagne, which, as we were informed by the owner, must not be served too cold. If you do like your champagne cold, though, you can buy nice old champagne coolers in a little brocante store in Rue du Général Sarrail close to the market. Oysters and champagne belong together, so we bought this pocketknife for opening oysters from the French brand Opinel at Alice Délise, a store for cookware. And of course we didn’t leave the city without a present for the in-laws: a bag of the famous pink biscuits, Les Biscuits Roses of Maison Fossier.
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Les Souvenirs de Reims